Israel’s Submarine Fleet Grows, Iran Linked to Manufacturer

March 20, 2012 3:22 pm 2 comments

German made INS Dolphin. Photo: wiki commons.

The Israeli navy is expected to receive a sixth German-made submarine in a deal to be signed on Wednesday between Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziére.

The deal involves Germany reducing the cost of the deal by a third, and Israel releasing customs duties collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority “which it froze after UNESCO admitted the Palestinians as a member state.”

Israel currently has three German-made Dolphin submarines that “are equipped with cruise missiles which have a range of 1,500 kilometers and can carry nuclear warheads,” allowing Israel to deliver a “second strike” in the case of a potential nuclear attack from Iran. The submarines also enable “Israel to carry out intelligence-gathering missions far from its borders and to defend its territorial waters.”

The first two submarines, INS (Israeli Naval Ship) Dolphin and INS Leviathan were donated by the German government, reportedly as compensation for the alleged involvement of German companies in helping Iraq develop chemical warheads prior to the first Gulf war.

Israel bought their third submarine, INS Tekuma, for $350 million after Germany reduced the cost by half.

The  submarines have a crew of 35 and a maximum range of 2,700 miles and each one can launch torpedoes, cruise missiles as well as commandos in swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs).

The fourth and fifth submarines were sold for $846 million after Germany agreed to reduce cost by a third and are expected to be delivered in 2012 and 2013.

According to a Der Spiegel article, the submarine subsidies are funded by the German government because East Germany did not pay $500 million in Holocaust reparations payments that were part of the 1953 German-Israeli reparations agreement.

The Dolphin submarines are constructed in the German city of Kiel by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

Iran link?

Iran Foreign Investment Company (IFIC) maintains a 4.5% stock control of ThyssenKrupp according to the IFIC website, however ThyssenKrupp offers a different account.

According to their 2010/2011 Annual Report, the company sold its Iranian subsidiary ThyssenKrupp Assanbar PJSC at the end of September 2010 to avoid severe penalties that would result from violating US and EU trade restrictions. In the same month, ThyssenKrupp announced that it “will not enter into any new transactions with Iranian customers.”  ThyssenKrupp’s subsidiary, Uhdeg, which was active in Iran’s energy sector also agreed “not to enter into any new contracts with Iranian customers.”

ThyssenKrupp was also “involved in German efforts in World War II and used slave labor to advance Nazi Germany’s military aims”.

2 Comments

  • A REAL American

    Kraig Richard, the Palestinians, although they have tried desperately over the years and have committed all of their resources into this effort—they have not succeed in committing a Holocaust.

    Again, their failure hasn’t been for lack of effort or funds (the EU alone has given the Palestinians billions of dollars).

  • Kraig Richard

    According to a Der Spiegel article, the submarine subsidies are funded by the German government because East Germany did not pay $500 million in Holocaust reparations payments that were part of the 1953 German-Israeli reparations agreement so these monies can now be used in supporting the Palestinian Holocaust

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    How Jewish Television Pioneer Milton Berle Inspired Modern Comedy Stars

    JNS.org – Today’s comedy superstars, especially those whose careers are driven by television, may very well owe their success to pioneering Jewish entertainer Milton Berle. Born Mendel Berlinger in Manhattan in 1908, Berle became America’s first small-screen star. Aptly nicknamed “Mr. Television,” he influenced and helped promote the work of hundreds of younger comics. “Milton Berle was deceptively successful and very Jewish,” says Lawrence Epstein, author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, published the year [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    Jewish ‘Hoops Whisperer’ a Secret Weapon for NBA Stars

    JNS.org – Idan Ravin’s friends chipped in to buy him a humble but life-changing bar mitzvah gift—a basketball hoop his father attached to the roof of his garage. Little did his friends know that years later, he would be the personal trainer of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, and Stephen Curry. Ravin’s new book, “The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Head of Basketball’s Best Players,” details his rise from a Jewish upbringing [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs 10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    10 New Hollywood Movies That Aim to Show Support for Israel (SATIRE)

    Ten major film studios are currently in production on projects that promote a decidedly pro-Israeli narrative. In famously liberal Hollywood, such a development has left mouths agape and set tongues a wagging. Since the Jewish State began defending itself from the thousands of rockets that Hamas has hurled at it – as well as ongoing terror attacks and murders, the overwhelming number of Tinseltown’s producers, directors, actors, and studio moguls have remained indifferent to the plight of millions of Israeli [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Israel Sports So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    So Close: Israeli Judoka Loses Crown in World Cup Final, Finishes With Silver (VIDEO)

    Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi (63kg), 25, of Netanya, on Thursday lost the final round at the Judo World Cup, and her world title to Clarisse Agbegnenou of France, at a match held in Russia. “I have mixed feelings,” Gerbi told Israeli Army radio. But, “I shouldn’t assume that I’d win the world Judo championship twice in a row,” she admitted. Gerbi won gold in Rio De Janeiro last year. “When I made my decision, I knew it was going to [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    Surviving the Holocaust by Hiding Their Faith (REVIEW)

    “Jews Out!” was just the name of a child’s game that three little girls played in World War II Europe. But all is not as it seems because the three girls were Jewish, but hiding their true identities. In award-winning author R. D. Rosen’s riveting non-fiction work, Such Good Girls, “Jews Out!” wasn’t a game; it was a struggle for survival. The girls, Sophie, Flora, and Carla, grew up at a time and a place that did not allow them [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Personalities Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    Twenty Years On, the Real and Radical Legacy of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

    JNS.org – “He was part hippie, part yippie, part beatnik, and part New Age,” wrote Elli Wohlgelernter in a Jerusalem Post eulogy in 1994, following the Oct. 20 passing of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Twenty years later, more robust accounts of Carlebach’s life have come to the surface. Earlier this year, Natan Ophir published the book Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission & Legacy. This past summer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz’s The Soul of Jerusalem hit the shelves. But even the authors will admit [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Music Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    Beatlemania Invades the Gaza Strip (SATIRE)

    As Hamas loses its grip on power in the Gaza Strip as a result of war, poverty and disillusionment, the Islamist terrorist group has developed an ingenious way to raise the morale of the 1.7 million Palestinian Arabs it was elected to serve. While currently focused on delivering a rocket into every Israeli home, Hamas has not left its own people behind. To gently wipe away the tears of children strategically placed inside kindergartens as human shields, the Hamas Interior Ministry [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    Removing Jesus’ Jewish Identity From Artwork

    In a strong statement that challenges the historic divide between Christianity and Judaism, Pope Francis recently proclaimed, “Inside every Christian is a Jew.” But if you look at Renaissance artworks that depict Jesus, you will not find any evidence of a Jew inside the Christianized Jesus — even though the Gospels in the New Testament tell us that Jesus was Jewish to the core. Getting that point across to the public is a daunting task, as I learned in interviews I [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.